THE INFORMATION #857 OCTOBER 9, 2015

THE INFORMATION #857
OCTOBER 9, 2015
Copyright 2015 FRANCIS DIMENNO
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“Plundering and stealing, cheating and lying, laboring, fighting and loving; taking all we could and returning little, we went our careless and irresponsible ways, with laughter in our hearts and sneers on our lips – as anti-social as hyenas who howled at the changes in the weather.” –Jim Tully

WHEN THIS WORLD CATCHES FIRE
BOOK THREE: SAVAGE NOXTOWN
CHAPTER TEN: PART THIRTY-NINE: KINGDOM COME

“To me,” said Count Victor Justin, “the whole point of life is to make money as easily as you can, preferably without working any too hard, and the joy of life is in spending it all before somebody else gets at it. Consider the ant. Look at how diligently he works–only to get crushed. I’ll tell you something Yob–I  have nothing against hard work, just so long as I’m not the one who has to do it. Let somebody else do the hauling and lifting. I turn up my nose at it. I say that I’d rather starve and get to heaven that way then ever do a stitch of manual labor. They say that in this great country of ourn, nobody has to starve. Ain’t that the truth! I can live for a week from the proceeds of one good wallet drop. All it costs is a five-cent billfold and some shredded newspaper. The ability to swindle is a gift, the power to work an angle or a racket is a blessing, and the love of work means worldly success. Not just dressing fine and eating in fancy dumps, but also moving in exalted circles of society and gaining the respect and admiration of all your peers. Fishing for suckers is more fun than the other type of fishing–you don’t even have to get your feet wet. True–no disappointed fish ever got wise to himself and broke my nose for me. But mishaps of that nature are few and far between. 

“I’ve been lucky that way. The stars were in my favor all along. And I guess I was cut out for the grifting life. Early on, even when I was in school, I was all about figuring out the percentages. I ran away from home–well, really, it was more like I was pushed–and joined the carnival. Hot work, that. And dusty. Lots of standing on your feet all day. But swindling the suckers was a big game–like an all-night session of mumblety-peg. And when you’re a kid, you don’t mind having fun all day and well into the night. All suckers are the same, you know. After awhile you get so you can gauge their reaction to a losing toss within an ace. I don’t even know why people go to carnivals. They’re spectacles for the stupid and gullible. I suppose it beats staring at a mule’s ass. The carnival is OK, if you’ve lost your mind or you never had a mind to start with. But it’s heaven, compared to the circus. 

“By the Great Neddy Jingo, do I ever hate the circus. Circus people are even lower than carnies. No Carny goes out of his way to mistreat an animal, but in the circus that’s all they do. Oh, they’ll prate all day long about how the animals love performing. Of course they do–chimps love riding unicycles just the same way that boons love boxing bare-fisted in exhibition matches, or chopping cotton ’til their hands turn raw. 

“You couldn’t hire me to work in a circus again–not even as a paymaster. Not after what I seen. The circus is Hell. It’s the lowest circle of Hades. The circus music is infantile. The fly-blown candy apples and greasy funnel cakes are nauseating. The antics of the moronic and morbid clowns are geared to please only the dullest intellects. The miserable big cats live penned up in caged squalor when they were once used to roaming free. The filthy and flea-bitten elephants live in chained misery. They ship the pachyderms half-way round the world–for what? For yokels to gawp at while the tender pokes them with a pitchfork or hooks ’em with an ankus. And they chain ’em together in boxcars where they stand ankle-deep in their own shit. Don’t tell me that the circus is any kind of edifying spectacle. I’ve traveled with one; I’ve been behind the scenes; I know better. The circus is a seething cauldron of unrequited love and open rivalry. The Fat Lady is always in love with the Trapeze Artist while the brokenhearted Strong Man fumes; the midget always has a yen for the Lady Equestrienne who laughs at him and is making time with the Ringmaster. The clowns are crazy with drink, and half of them are on the dope. Don’t even get me started on the freaks. You might think they have it plush; but most of ’em ain’t good for much else than being stared at; and when they become a burden they are cut loose with no more compunction than you might use in drowning a sack of kittens. You could almost feel sorry for ’em; but a lot of the time their grouch bags are filled with lucre and many of ’em retire to Florida when they get too old. Pretty much everyone as works in a circus is a freak of one sort or another. That’s why it only comes to town but once a year. Who could stand having a circus going every day? That truly would be The Pit. 

“Me for the wide open spaces. Traveling around; seeing what I can see. You just got to know that you can put your heart and soul into your work, but if you don’t have a sense of perspective, you can lose your true purpose in life and also, sooner rather than later, you’ll lose your ever-loving mind. So many people think that their work is the be all and end all of their existence. That they’re only put on earth to work to line somebody’s pockets. I don’t like to fleece that sort of man. He’s already cheated himself of everything life can offer. It seems unfair to compound the insult. Don’t worry–I’ll do it. But there’s no real joy in doing it, as opposed to taking down the arrogant and the men of power and influence. If I do my job right, I’m long gone before they even know they’ve been euchred. 

“Man is mind. Of this I’m sure. I’m also pretty sure that it’s the only thing that separates us from the brutes. I can train a circus dog to do the fetching and carrying, thank you very much. But finding a man who is amenable to instruction and willing to learn is not as easy as you would think. Most men won’t work extra hard at the grifting game even when it’s very much in their interest to mind their ps and qs. But I love it–mostly because I happen to be good at it. Real good, Yob. 

“Care to roll the dice to see who buys another drink?”     

1*SALUTATION

YOU CANT LOSE-A ME CHOLLY

LEADBELLY

https://youtu.be/NSzzTEtdxfc

2*REFERENCE

STEATOPYGIC VS. CALLIPYGIAN

http://www.blacktalkradionetwork.com/2014/09/21/racism-in-the-dictionary-steatopygia-vs-callipygian/

3*HUMOR

HOW TO SPOT A DOUCHEBAG

https://madconfessionsofaman.wordpress.com/2011/05/29/how-to-spo-a-douche-bag/

DOUCHEBAGUETTES

https://madconfessionsofaman.wordpress.com/2011/06/05/douchebaguettes-they-are-everywhere/

http://www.thepablumpost.com/2012/01/urban-dictionary-brilliance-of-day_30.html

http://www.fwweekly.com/2015/06/01/miss-tipsy-douchebaguette/

4*NOVELTY

PLANKING FAD

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3030983/The-ultra-competitive-exercise-fad-ruin-health-called-planking-suddenly-sweeping-gyms-Pilates-classes.html

5*AVATAR OF THE ZEITGEIST

Man Uses Raccoon To Start Breathalyzer Equipped Car; Raccoon Then Attacks Driver

http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2015/09/30/man-uses-raccoon-to-start-breathalyzer-equipped-car-raccoon-then-attacks-driver/

6* DAILY UTILITY

THE DANGERS OF MINDFULNESS

http://www.oregonlive.com/living/index.ssf/2015/09/the_dangers_of_mindfulness_ris.html

7*CARTOON

A HISTORY OF ARCHIE CHRISTIAN COMICS

http://generationexploitation.blogspot.com/2006/06/history-of-christian-archi_114951302719460209.html

SEE ALSO

The 12 Craziest Moments From Archie’s Christian Comics

http://comicsalliance.com/archie-christian-comics/

ALSO SEE

The Archie Experiment: Spire Christian Comics

http://80pagegiant.blogspot.com/2011/08/archie-experiment-spire-christian.html

8*PRESCRIPTION

HANSI, THE GIRL WHO LOVED THE SWASTIKA

http://flashbak.com/hansi-the-girl-who-loved-the-swastika-the-full-comic-10700/

9*RUMOR PATROL

LAID BY THE BEST

http://www.snopes.com/photos/risque/yellowpages.asp

10* LAGNIAPPE

LOU REED

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/oct/01/notes-from-the-velvet-underground-howard-sounes-dirty-blvd-aidan-levy-review-lou-reed-biography

11* DEVIATIONS FROM THE PREPARED TEXT: A REVIEW OF OTHER MEDIA

PUNK ROCK IS BULLSHIT

http://www.seattleweekly.com/2013-03-06/music/punk-rock-is-bullshit/

*11A BOOKS REVIEWED

ANT-MAN. SECOND-CHANCE MAN. ***1/2

AQUAMAN 6. MAELSTROM. ***1/2

BLACK SCIENCE 1-2. REMENDER. ***

THE CARTOON INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY. PATTON & CANNON. ****

CMYK. ***

DAREDEVIL 1. DEVIL AT BAY. WAID. ****

DAREDEVIL 2. WAID. ***

DEADLY CLASS 1-2. REMENDER. ****

DROWNED CITY. BROWN. ***1/2

FICTION 100. 11 ED. PICKERING. ****1/2

FOREVER EVIL. ****

GHETTO BROTHER: WARRIOR TO PEACEMAKER. VOLOJ & AHLERING. ***1/2

GIRL IN DIOR. GOETZINGER. ****

HAWKEYE 4. RIO BRAVO. ***1/2

HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D. 1952. MIGNOLA. ***

HIP-HOP FAMILY TREE 3. PISKOR. ****1/2

THE HISTORY OF THE MEDIEVAL WORLD. BAUER. ****

(IN A SENSE) LOST AND FOUND. MURADOV. ****

IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME: SWANN’S WAY: A GRAPHIC NOVEL. PROUST, HEUET, GOLDHAMMER. *****

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US. YEAR 2. VOL 2. ****

IF YOU STEAL. JASON. ****

JUST SO HAPPENS. OBATA. ****

JUSTICE LEAGUE 1. ORIGIN. ***1/2

JUSTICE LEAGUE  2. THE VILLAIN’S JOURNEY. ***1/2

JUSTICE LEAGUE 3. THRONE OF ATLANTIS. ***1/2

JUSTICE LEAGUE 4. THE GRID. ***

JUSTICE LEAGUE 5. FOREVER HEROES. ***

LEAF. MA. ****

LOW. REMENDER. ***

LULU ANEW. DAVODEAU. ****

THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF CULT COMICS. ILYA. ***1/2

THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF UNDERCOVER COPS. COPPERWAITE. ***

MARVEL UNIVERSE ANT-MAN DIGEST. **1/2

THE NAMES. MILLIGAN. ****

MILES MORALES THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN ULTIMATE COLLECTION 1. ***1/2

THE OUTSIDE CIRCLE. LABOUCANE-BENSON. **** 

PRISON ISLAND. FRAKES. ***1/2

SNOWDEN. RALL. ****

SPIDER-ISLAND. ***

STEVE JOBS: INSANELY GREAT. HARTLAND. ****

STRANGER AT THE PARTY. LAWRENSON. ****

UNCANNY AVENGERS 4: AVENGE THE EARTH. ***

UNCANNY X-FORCE 1. THE APOCALYPSE SOLUTION. ***

A TREASURY OF VICTORIAN MURDER COMPENDIUM 1. GEARY. ****

A TREASURY OF VICTORIAN MURDER COMPENDIUM 2. GEARY. ****1/2

UNCANNY X-FORCE

UNCANNY X-FORCE 2. DEATHLOK NATION. ***

CONTROVERSIES IN POPULAR CULTURE.
816. Cosby’s Creepy Sex Wisdom

http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/tv/news/a38396/kenan-thompson-bill-cosby-creepy-sex-advice/

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